So, I've got this deal...

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  1. andreyush macrumors 6502

    andreyush

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    Hi!
    A guy offers me his 2015 macbook pro retina 13" 8GB RAM, 256SSD with i5 cpu, for my rmbp mid-2012 15" 8GB, 256SSD. What do you guys think I should do?
    I want a newer macbook pro but I don't want to get rid of the performace. Also there is the logic board failure problem :/ on 2011,2012 and early 2013 models..
    I work most of the time in Logic Pro X so I don't know how well does a 13" macbook pro perform. Has anybody tried?

    Thanks!
     
  2. darksithpro macrumors regular

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    Interesting, I looked at eBay prices and both the models are within the 850-1k ball park. Do you want to work on a smaller screen? 2 inches on a laptop is a major difference.
     
  3. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Just so you know, The 13" will have half the CPU power of the 15".
     
  4. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    It may be newer, but the 13" is less powerful and has less screen space, so unless you're especially interested in downsizing, I don't see much upside for you in the trade.
     
  5. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what you do in Logic, but you'd have to push it pretty hard for the 13" to not have the ability to get the job done.

    I would personally keep the 15"
     
  6. andreyush thread starter macrumors 6502

    andreyush

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    Thanks guys! I am just afraid with that logic board failure. :)
     
  7. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Think of it this way, if you move from a quad core to a dual core you've already had a 50% failure!
     
  8. duervo, Mar 6, 2017
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    duervo macrumors 68000

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    Pro's to getting the 13":
    - Chance of warranty still being valid for a short period on the 13", allowing you to possibly extend it with purchase of AppleCare.
    - Easier to transport.
    - The 13" 2015 is worth slightly more than the 2012 15" (~20% more.) Given that, you could do it, then sell the 13" and put the money towards a newer 15" unit. Depends on how willing you are to go through the steps to do so.
    - Faster storage.
    - Thunderbolt 2 vs Thunderbolt 1.
    - 802.11ac vs 802.11n
    - Better battery life. Both due to the age of the 2012, as well as the lower processing demands of the 2015 (less cores and no dGPU).
    - No dGPU (re: repair program for dGPU-related issues with the 2012 15".)
    - Force Touch trackpad.

    Con's to getting the 13":
    - Multi-threaded workloads would suffer on the 13". Single-threaded would be closer to the same, but I believe still slower (by how much would depend on the specific CPU models in the 13" and 15" systems being compared.)
    - No dGPU. Lower performance for video work and other workloads that take advantage of the GPU. Note: This might be negated by faster storage, but would depend on workload.
    - Less screen real estate.
    - Force Touch trackpad (not everybody likes it, so this could be either a good or bad thing.)
     
  9. andreyush thread starter macrumors 6502

    andreyush

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    Ok. I would stick with the 2012 a little bit. If it will survive another 2-3 years I will buy another 15" one. Thank you guys! :)
     

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